Newly indicted Ted Stevens should resign as soon as possible, write the editors of the National Review. The Alaskan senator, who is accused of seven counts of making false statements, legally “deserves the benefit of the doubt—but not from an ethical standpoint,” they note. “The facts that have emerged over the course of the federal investigation into his personal finances are damning enough on their own.”
Regardless of whether an oil-field-services firm paid for renovations to Stevens’ home, the senator involved himself in a questionable financial arrangement with a company known for corruption, the conservative publication argues. And Stevens’ reputation for landing hefty earmarks for projects like the infamous "Bridge to Nowhere" only compounds his situation.